Queens of the Stone Age’s frontman, Josh Homme finally broke the ice about his band losing the Grammy’s Best Rock Performance award to Imagine Dragons. The 40-year-old rocker is clearly pissed and still harbouring bad feelings toward the Grammy Award organizers for cutting short their performance at the January 26 event. Homme recently share his frustrations with fans who attended the QOTSA’s show at Houston’s Bayou Music Center.
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He told the crowd “This next song is by Imagine Dragons,” Right before playing “. . . Like Clockwork” track “I Appear Missing”
The crowd mockingly cheered, the frontman continued:
“Just f**king kidding. “Wait, wait, wait, you’ve got to admit, you’re all imagining dragons right now,”
And then he added:
“You know, f**k everything, f**k the man, f**k Imagine Dragons, f**k the Grammys, fuck all this s**t,”
Adding salt to wounds, Grammy Award producer Ken Ehrlich interrupted the band’s performance to air ads. Homme and Co. was supposed to close out the event with Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.
Within minutes of finishing the performance, NIN’s Trent Reznor tweeted:
“Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys,”
“I’m sorry he was upset,”
“I was really thrilled we were finally getting him on the Grammys. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”
In all honesty I can’t blame Homme for the rant, no disrespect to Dan Reynolds and Co. from Imagine Dragons. QOTSA’s “. . . Like Clockwork” is an absolute masterpiece and probably the best album they have produced so far. The album takes an edgy look at Homme’s return to rock fame, after nearly losing his life during surgery. Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” on the other hand was also a huge hit last year winning multiple awards, and is one of the most streamed albums on Spodify.
To state the obvious, it all boils down to preference. I enjoyed the Imagine Dragons “Night Visions” album as much as the next commercial loving listener out there (along with the usual flavors of the month), but I believe that QOTSA’s “. . . Like Clockwork” will stand out in Rock collections for dedicates to come.